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Old 09-16-2015, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Grandstander - you have plenty of stats... here is THE fact...

Astros started out 27-14. Since then, they have been who they are - which is 50-55 by the end of tonight. They have been riding the hot start all season because the others have been mediocre as well.

It is what it is.
Stats are also facts. The fact that you present above is a stat, the 50-55 record.

I wonder why you would think there is a distinction between one set of statistical facts and another. It isn't here are stats and here are facts, all stats are facts, pieces of information.
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Old 09-16-2015, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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Stats are also facts. The fact that you present above is a stat, the 50-55 record.

I wonder why you would think there is a distinction between one set of statistical facts and another. It isn't here are stats and here are facts, all stats are facts, pieces of information.
Wins and losses... that's what matters.

You don't make the post season based on runners LOB, or run differential, etc. You can look at that stuff as a possible clue as to why they are where they are.

At the end of the day - have the Astros won enough relative to the other teams - to make the post season.

Their win/loss percentage for 3/4 of the season says they are mediocre, sub .500 team.

And I am not saying they are doomed to miss the post season... but they need to win at a higher clip than they have for most of the year.
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Old 09-17-2015, 07:03 AM
 
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Wins and losses... that's what matters.

You don't make the post season based on runners LOB, or run differential, etc. You can look at that stuff as a possible clue as to why they are where they are.

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Results matter but you find no value in an analysis of what caused the results? Would you suggest that the only thing that matters is whether an airliner crashed or not and the reasons why are unimportant?

Whatever your point is, it eludes me.
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Old 09-17-2015, 02:55 PM
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Location: Suburban Dallas
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All right, y'all. Let's move on.

The Astros conclude their series against the Rangers tonight. Hopefully, things will be different in this fourth game for the 'Stros. These guys are showing that they can't beat the Rangers, but maybe tonight, their luck will change. Maybe McCullers will get it all together tonight where the others didn't.

Some good news: They do head home tomorrow for the next nine.
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Old 09-17-2015, 02:59 PM
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Default Former Astros Broadcaster Milo Hamilton Dies

Sorry to bring everybody this news, but we've lost one of the true broadcasting legends.

Broadcaster Milo Hamilton dies | astros.com

Makes me think about some of the others still in the business, as Milo just retired from the Astros just three years ago. He will be missed.
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Old 09-18-2015, 05:40 PM
 
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Yesterday, the played a call of Hamilton's when he was with the Pirates the year they won the World Series.

He also did Hank Aaron HR #715 that is the main highlight of that moment.
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Old 09-18-2015, 08:43 PM
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Yesterday, the played a call of Hamilton's when he was with the Pirates the year they won the World Series.

He also did Hank Aaron HR #715 that is the main highlight of that moment.
Yeah, and while with the Astros, he had a number of really memorable calls, as well. I'll never forget that 18th inning home run hit by Chris Burke against Atlanta in the '05 playoffs.
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Old 09-25-2015, 07:47 AM
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Well, here we are now, with three more home games to be followed by six more on the road. The Astros need a huge spark --- and a miracle --- after having blown a golden opportunity to get back to first place against the Los Angeles Angels in this just-completed series. They had too many scoring opportunities and failed to take advantage.

Now, they're faced with not only missing the division title, but also possibly losing a chance for a Wild Card berth. Last year, the Astros fared well against Texas, but this year, despite the Astros' success against much of the rest of the league, they just can't do anything against the Rangers. So, they have to face Texas at Minute Maid for their final home series. I'm predicting the Rangers will sweep them, as Texas just has too much momentum right now going into the playoff hunt.

What a damn shame it would be for the 'Stros to have done all these great things this season (some 140 days in first place in the AL West), playing some exciting baseball, making great plays at the plate and in the field, have a triple play, have a no-hitter, have Keuchel and McHugh with terrific years, and with Biggio inducted into the Hall of Fame, only to finish puny and not make the playoffs. Despite the improvements this year, it'd be a waste to see the Astros stay home during the playoffs. If they can't take care of business against the Rangers, then you can write them off for the postseason.

Let's wish them good luck anyway. If ever there were a true test of the Astros' mettle, then this weekend's games will prove that.

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Old 09-25-2015, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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3-4 on the home stand so far. As well as they played at home, they are showing that they are not ready for prime time at this point. Now 53-61 since their hot start.
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Old 09-26-2015, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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They need to take 2 of 3 against the Rangers. Bullpen has been failing this month and young arms are tiring.
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